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  • The Hike

  • By: Drew Magary
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,445

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kafkaesque novel that went on way too long

  • By Ketil on 01-06-17

Close To Perfect

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

With the knowledge that when reading everything is subjective so what is nearly perfect to me may be rubbish to someone else... I say this novel is nearly perfect. It has one drawback: I live in Maryland and eating Crabs will be very difficult now. (That is humor, don’t draw any advance conclusions about why.). The author makes a statement that hit so close to my heart I have to mention it. “Maryland... all the real estate is bought up, there are no secret passages left.” That is paraphrase and not a spoiler. Unless one considers spoiling the world by blacktopping it a spoiler. The story isn’t about Maryland. I hope other readers will have as close encounter with this story as I did. It would be a wrong of me to say more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  • By: Patanjali
  • Narrated by: Ron Welch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Patanjali explores yoga fundamentals, one of the six orthodox philosophies of the Hindu religion, and is revered as one of the greatest texts of the practice of yoga. Comprised of 196 aphorisms dating back to 400 CE, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is divided into four chapters that explore the blissful state, the practice, the manifestation, and the liberation stages of yoga.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Calming

  • By Maria on 01-28-18

Out Dated Warped Modern Christian Rehash

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

If you want to read Pantanjali, do that. If you want to read the New Testament, Do that. If you want to read Stephan W Hawking, do that. This is none of the above and so dated and scientifically naive that after a well intentioned start it becomes a train wreck. Now, if you want a 19th century paper on Christian Ideology, Compared and contrasted with selected verses from Pantanjali, by Anonymous, this is your book. I happen to be a Christian Yogi, but this is not as advertised
or what I paid for, it does both a disservice as currently packaged and sold.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,995
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,729

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (With Terrifying Trees)

  • By Dave on 09-08-16

Weelie? Wiccan The Wood!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Imagine you hide in an old wardrobe and behind the old fur coats you discover Green Acres instead of Narnia. Imagine that instead of Eddie Albert, the farmer is Pontius Pilate from “Life Of Brian.” Imagine that Lisa turns out to be a geriatric Gabor Sister with dementia. Your quest: You must “Wiccan the Wood!” Good luck with this one! If you can get past about 7 hours in without laughing and making fun of the narrator, you are a better person then I am. This won the Nebula? Weelie? They dwink a lot at science fiction conventions.... All humor aside, there are portions of the narration that made no sense at first listen. I had to go back and try and use context to figure out what she was saying. It isn't consistent either, her accent comes and goes. There are points that I could not understand her (because the word she said sounded like another word,) other times she had almost no accent at all. Honestly, this is a real mess.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Semiosis

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Burke
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird. But good. But weird.

  • By Lilyn G. on 03-20-18

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I loved everything about this novel. I also always like to listen to Daniel Thomas May read dialog and he was a good choice. If this debut novel does not win awards I will be surprised. I recommend it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,697

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

An unexpected Joy.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

For much the same reasons as "Red Shirts," I almost didn't listen to this book. From the blurb, it just didn't sound like something I would enjoy. The book itself was everything I expect from John Scalzi. Characters to care about, humor, irreverence (without being bitter or mean spirited - unless mendacity was deserved,) and some serious social issues to think about. Joan Rivers even returned from the dead to be in the climax. Considering this is a First Contact story.... I think *that* pretty much completes my review. The author dated the story with a couple references.... but It really didn't matter, we have Wikipedia now to look that stuff up. Reviewer's note: I finally got a chance to use the word mendacity in a sentence! I must have been inspired.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,219

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

Read Me!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I loved everything about this book. Read it. Listen to it. I won't spoil it. It is a masterwork and only a marginal Star Trek Homage.

  • Den of Wolves

  • Blackthorn & Grim, Book 3
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan, Scott Aiello, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Third Time's The Charm

  • By Jan on 11-05-16

3rd Time Paid for All

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I disliked book 2 enough that I had no intention of reading anymore of these novels. I took a chance and despite some awkward dialog I was glad I did ("For that is the way of things" sort of stilted, overly flowery speech) Multiple point of view First person "head hopping" is a difficult style of narration to write in. I think the problem I had was with a new character, one I was just getting to know, I was paying closer attention to the dialog. I stopped noticing as the plot advanced. It is tough introducing a 3rd new main character in a series called "XXXXXXXX and YYYYYYYY." I would have preferred to see the third character through Blackthorn and Grim's eyes. Even so, stopped noticing "Fantasy Character Dialog" as I got further into the story. I cared enough about the characters in the first book to want to see them have some form of resolution to their problems. I got my wish in this third volume. My only other issue with the story is that after 3 books, the reader either understands what a Wise Woman is/does and isn't/doesn't do that there is no reason to flog that point to death. I can tell the author feels strongly about this, but please credit the reader with some intelligence. This is a fantasy novel with Faeries, not historical fiction. That *Fantasy Fiction* is a poor venue to try and correct the injustices done to Women, Witches, and Wise Women in the real life world and a little goes a long way.

  • Crystal Soldier

  • Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning of a big sprawling classic space opera

  • By David on 07-15-13

What? I have to be missing something

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The narrator's style is not for me. He is breathless and pressured and would read "Behind the door was a vast golden horde guarded by a fierce red dragon" and "Honey, we are out of toilet paper" in the same way. I could overlook the poor command of sentence structure, overly formal or slang (Or both together) dialog, cheesy consonance ("he stood sipping.' WHAT? Just the three words.... He stood sipping? There were other examples of Clever Consonance at the expense of Clarity...) and inconsistent plot flow... I could... but the narrator sunk it. "Honey, The Toilet Paper, It seems, perhaps, we are out." <--- That is what it is like. I really like the tree. I'm going to jump ahead and see if I missed out on something, these books are popular. Perhaps these "Before" books are just intended for fans. This one reads like amateur fan fiction.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,572

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Omg its so boring

  • By Halloween on 10-09-18

Because Squales Happen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Hurrah! Every few months or so I go through my recent library additions and find and return the crap I bought, abandoned, and am never going to finish. I decided to give this book a try because it was on the "OK, well how about this one" list. I got hooked by the characters, the train wreck of "almost read that somewhere else before, but no....... not really" plot twists. The writing is good. The story is fun. The friendships that develop between the characters cemented the deal.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Natural History of Dragons

  • A Memoir by Lady Trent
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,814

You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastical, Scientific, and Captivating Joy Ride

  • By Abbygail on 03-06-16

Coffin Nails

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I loved the series. Everything about it was creative, imaginative, well written, and challenging to my curiosity and imagination. About 3/4 of the way through this book that changed. I felt that when the supporting characters were removed from the equation, the protagonist became 1 dimensional and wooden. I finished the book and was left NOT wanting more. I went from "Wow, something fresh and different!" to "Blah...." I assume the author just wanted to move on and hammered some nails into the coffin of a series. There were many hints of things to come, but the events of this book either made those events unlikely, or the events of THIS book irrelevant, or I didn't understand something. Hope that makes sense. It is OK to write "If I knew what was coming, I would have...." It isn't OK to write the same thing, but then have the character get married, settle down, and farm sheep, none of that stuff being likely to happen given the sheep farming. Hazards of an All-Knowing Narrator speaking about the past. The author did a good job of the Memoir Writer up until this book. I will be hesitant to buy anything more from her. I don't like being cheated, and that was how I felt.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful